Search Results: "Matthew Gollub"


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THE MOON WAS AT A FIESTA by Matthew Gollub
CHILDREN'S
Released: March 1, 1994

"Next time, perhaps, he'll be given a stronger story. (Picture book. 5-8)"
A second collaboration between a noted Oaxacan artist and a California admirer of Mexican culture. Read full book review >

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UNCLE SNAKE by Matthew Gollub
FAIRY TALES, FOLKTALES AND MYTHS
Released: Aug. 1, 1996

"The resolution of his troubles will bedazzle even impatient youngsters, weary of the story's many arbitrary shifts. (Picture book/folklore. 5+)"
A murky, captivating tale based on the culture of Oaxaca, Mexico, from the team behind The Moon Was at a Fiesta (1994). Read full book review >

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MATTHEW A.B.C. by Peter Catalanotto
ABC BOOKS
Released: June 1, 2002

"A stunning play of art and verbal imagination. (Picture book. 4-6)"
The backgrounds to the illustrations in Catalanotto's inspired alphabet book may remind readers of Mark Rothko's paintings, but the portraits of the characters in the foregrounds of the bifurcated color fields are uniformly droll. Mrs. Tuttle's kindergarten class has 25 students, all named Matthew, and most with jug ears and gap-toothed smiles. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY
Released: Oct. 15, 1998

"Nevertheless, readers will get a glimpse of the poet's extraordinary range of subject and feeling, as well as cogent instruction in how to read and understand these deceptively simple verses. (Picture book. 7-9)"
Gollub (Uncle Snake, 1996, etc.) translates 33 of Issa's more than 20,000 haiku, intersperses them through a short biography, and caps it all with an explanation of some of the poems' less obvious images. Read full book review >

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JAZZ FLY 2 by Matthew Gollub
ANIMALS
Released: June 1, 2010

"161;Qué bueno! (author's note) (Picture book/CD. 5-8)"
Jazz Fly and his band are back (The Jazz Fly, 2000) for a bilingual adventure: a tropical-rainforest gig plus car trouble. Read full book review >

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THE TWENTY-FIVE MIXTEC CATS by Matthew Gollub
ANIMALS
Released: April 19, 1993

"Just how these symbolic figures and events explicate the interaction of poverty, prejudice, and evil remains enigmatic (a note would have helped); still, Martinez makes an intriguing debut with his powerful art. (Picture book. 4-10)"
Mexican artist Martinez terms his style ``figurative magic''; with its vibrant, sinuously stylized figures and surreal overlapping scenes merging with borders containing still more expressive details, the term seems apt for a visual analogue to literature's magical realism. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW UNSTRUNG by Kate Seago
CHILDREN'S
Released: April 1, 1998

"Uneven but often engrossing. (Fiction. 11-15)"
A harrowing, if roughly constructed debut, based on the experiences of the author's grandfather; this tale of a student with a learning disability who is driven into a nervous breakdown is set in the early years of this century, when treatment of insanity was still firmly fixed in the Dark Ages. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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I, MATTHEW HENSON by Carole Boston Weatherford
ADVENTURE
Released: Jan. 1, 2008

"Lovely and inspiring. (Picture book/biography. 6-11)"
A poetic first-person narrative puts readers in Matthew Henson's head as he endures institutionalized discrimination to pursue greatness in adventure, moving from cabin boy to able seaman, stock boy to explorer, eventually one of "[s]ix men—one black, one white, four Eskimos—" to reach the North Pole in 1909. Read full book review >

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GETTING RID OF MATTHEW by Jane Fallon
FICTION & LITERATURE
Released: Aug. 7, 2007

"Fallon's debut is sharp enough, but a languishing plot dulls the author's wit."
The other woman attempts to make amends in this debut novel from Fallon, a U.K. television producer and partner of comedian Ricky Gervais. Read full book review >

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BIOGRAPHY & MEMOIR
Released: Aug. 20, 2009

"Honest and inspiring."
A mother's memoir of her young son, his murder and the effect on a galvanized public. Read full book review >

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MATTHEW WHEELOCK'S WALL by Frances Ward Weller
FICTION
Released: Sept. 30, 1992

"Truly outstanding in every way: a book of rare insight and beauty. (Picture book. 4+)"
Old Matthew and his horse cleared a pasture, 100 years ago, putting the biggest rocks in a trench and saving the others. Read full book review >